Lydia Millet is an American novelist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for Fiction. Her fifth novel, Oh Pure and Radiant Heart was short-listed for the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Her 2009 collection of short stories entitled Love in Infant Monkeys was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her 2011 novel Ghost Lights, a New York Times Notable Book, was the second in a cycle of novels that began with How the Dead Dream in 2008. Her new novel, Magnificence (2012) completes the cycle.